Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp meets with Korea Coast Guard Commissioner General Kim Suk Kyoon in Incheon, Sept. 13, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Annie R. B. Elis.

The Korea Coast Guard partnership

I had the distinct honor this past week to represent the U.S. Coast Guard during an official visit to the Republic of Korea, hosted by Korea Coast Guard Commissioner General Kim Suk Kyoon. This was my third stop in a series of official visits to strengthen ties with partner maritime governance organizations and learn more about the dynamic Asia-Pacific region.

Coast Guard Cutter Willow

The Arctic region: An emerging maritime frontier

Operating in the Arctic is not a new venture for the Coast Guard. However, adapting to changing conditions will require foresight, focus and clear priorities. It will also require the closest of collaboration with our partners in the State of Alaska. Improving awareness, modernizing governance and broadening partnerships will best position our Service for long-term success by ensuring safe, secure and environmentally responsible maritime activity in the region.

ships in a row

Adm. Papp discusses cutter topics at Surface Navy Association’s Symposium

Addressing a crowd, including both Coast Guard cuttermen and Navy surface warfare officers, the Commandant described how maritime countries have shown an increasing emphasis on a “maritime governance” approach using law enforcement authorities in contrast to the traditional Mahanian “control of the sea” approach to ensure safety, security and prosperity.